The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

27th May, 2018

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Pastoral Letter on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae

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Pentecost Novena

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From the Parish Priest's Desk


Dear Friends in Christ,

Through the miasma of 1968 – nadir of the decade of Revolution – two beacons of truth shone, that continue to give light: Humanae Vitae, and Credo of the People of God. It is fitting that we commemorate their 50th anniversary with gratitude, and with recognition of their enduring validity. The Credo was promulgated on 30th June, 1968, at the conclusion of the Year of Faith that marked the nineteenth centenary of the martyrdom of Sts Peter & Paul. I commend it to your study, and your prayerful assent and profession. Recalling His duty to “confirm the brethren in the Faith”, and seeing at that time “even Catholics allowing themselves to be seized by a kind of passion for change and novelty”, Paul VI rightly wished his profession of faith “to be to a high degree complete and explicit, in order that it may respond in a fitting way to the need of light felt by so many faithful souls, and by all those in the world…who are in search of the Truth.” The solemn reaffirmation of the moral law in relation to sexuality (in particular the reaffirmation of the intrinsic evil of contraception) would follow a month later, in Humanae Vitae. In the encyclical itself, Paul VI affirmed that “no member of the faithful could possibly deny that the Church is competent to interpret the natural moral law.

It is indisputable…that Jesus Christ, when He communicated His Divine power to Peter and the other Apostles and sent them to teach all nations His commandments, constituted them as the authentic guardians and interpreters of the whole moral law, not only, that is, of the law of the Gospel but also of the natural law. For the natural law, too, declares the will of God, and its faithful observance is necessary for men’s eternal salvation.” Precisely because it is necessary for salvation for us to know the truths of the Faith and of the Moral order, in order to live them by freely responding in and by the power of grace, God preserves His Church indefectible in the Truth. The Successor of St Peter has unique and grave obligations in this Divine scheme.


Any Pope – for example – who refuses to resolve a grave disagreement among Bishops about who may receive the Holy Eucharist, or who by public ambiguity and private conversation would dare encourage souls to remain in mortal sin, really should ask himself what business he has being Pope, and whether he might not be more honest to God, others, and himself, by moving on. Dr Johnson was, as usual, right when he observed that “the irregular combinations of fanciful invention may delight awhile… but the pleasures of sudden wonder are soon exhausted, and the mind can only repose in the stability of truth.” May God grant us all to live and die in the light of Truth.

Fr Glen Tattersall PP

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The Solemnity of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia, will be celebrated tomorrow (Monday, 28th May), having being transferred from its proper date on account of the Octave of Pentecost. Masses are at 7 am and 10 am. during the beautiful Octave of Pentecost. Let us beg the Holy Spirit to purify and renew the Church.

The feast of Corpus Christi falls this Thursday, 31st May. The external Solemnity of the feast will be observed next Sunday, when the Solemn Mass of Corpus Christi will be celebrated, followed by a Eucharistic Procession, and concluding with Solemn Benediction. Please do your best to be present for the Mass and Procession, to give due adoration and honour to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and to bear witness before the world to His Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist

This year, the Life Dinner for 2018 has as its Special Guest Speaker, Professor John Whitehall, world renowned professor of Paediatrics at Western Sydney University. His topic is “Sterilising our children : Puberty Blockers and Cross-sex Hormones robbing families of their future.” When: Saturday 2nd June Pre-Dinner drinks with nibbles at 6.30pm followed by a two course meal at 7.00pm. There will be an Auction / Silent Auction / Raffle with Auctioneer, Mr. John Percy Canavan. Venue: Aurora Receptions, 149 Donald St. Brunswick East, Vic. Tickets: Adult $80 Student: $65 RSVP :Friday 25th May 2018. Ann-Maree Ph : 9816 0800 Mobile : 0447 352 252 Email : events@family.org.au OR register online at www.family.org.au

Parish Dinner dance – due to the lack of sufficient available places at the RACV dining room on 23rd June, this event has been postponed. Further details will be provided in due course.

Easter duty the Easter duty should be fulfilled by today, Trinity Sunday.


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